Volleyball Women’s Nations League quarter-finals 2022 – Preview, schedule and how to watch the stars in action

Tokyo 2020 gold medallists USA to face reigning world champions Serbia in one of four epic quarter-final games in Ankara, Turkey as the 2022 Women’s VNL final phase starts on 13-14 July.

By Ash Tulloch
Picture by 2018 Getty Images

It's crunch time for the Volleyball Women's Nations league (VNL).

With round-robin play over, the quarter-finals have been locked in and four exciting match-ups will take place in Ankara, Turkey from 13-14 July.

The first match sees Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallists Brazil take on Asian champions Japan, followed by an exciting match-up between Tokyo 2020 gold medallists USA who will face reigning world champions Serbia.

Three-time Olympic champions China will then take on European champions Italy.

Thailand clinched the eighth and final spot in the quarters. They pipped Germany to qualify for the final round for the very first time. The Thai women's national team will take on hosts Turkey.

The semi-finals will be played on 16 July, followed by the grand final and bronze medal match on 17 July.

Read on to understand what to expect from the match-ups, plus the schedule of the rest of the competition.

2022 women's VNL final phase: Stars and stories to watch

The clash between USA and Serbia is the most anticipated match in the quarters. The Americans are both the Olympic champions and three-time defending VNL champions. Serbia have an accomplished reputation of their own as the current world champions.

This game will be a true test for two of the most successful international teams in recent years.

USA had a stellar run in the build-up, winning 11 of their 12 games.

Speaking after the preliminary phase, USA's outside hitter Sarah Wilhite said, “It’s been a really long five weeks and after 12 matches, it’s really important to finish by winning. We have a really good group of players and we’re going to push for the Finals.”

With Serbian veterans Tijana Boskovic and Maja Ognjenovic not playing, young talents Sara Caric and Maja Aleksic will need to rise to the occasion.

Since 2007, Serbia and USA have faced off 22 times in international tournaments. 15 of those matches were won by the Americans who defeated the Serbs in straight sets last week in Calgary.

Qualifying second behind USA, Brazil won 10 of their 12 games on the way to the quarter-finals. They will take on a Japanese side looking to turn their luck around after four defeats last week. The Asian champions were the first to qualify for the quarters with a stunning eight-match winning streak at the beginning of the VNL. A form they will be looking to get back to, in order to triumph in the finals.

The Pool stages of Tokyo 2020 was last time that the two sides faced off. After winning in straight sets, the Brazilians went on to clinch Olympic silver.

Look out for a battle at the net between Japanese captain Sarina Koga and Brazil's Ana Carolina 'Carol' da Silva. Koga is the second best scorer in the VNL having claimed 243 points so far. Da Silva is the best blocker in the tournament with 52 stops.

Italy will be looking for revenge when they face China's national team. The Italians lost just two games in prelims, with one of those defeats coming from the Chinese. The Rio 2016 gold medallists will be aiming to continue their winning rhythm after claiming three out of four victories in Sofia, Bulgaria last week.

Keep an eye out for 23-year-old Paola Egonu making an impact for the Italians. The young star is in hot form and arguably the best player in the world right now. On the other side of the net Yingying Li will be looking to make her mark, spiking for China.

Hosts Turkey will want to make the most of the home crowd advantage. They'll be leaning on the expertise and point scoring capabilities of Meryem Boz and the experience of fellow Olympians Cansu Ozbay, Zehra Gunes, Ebrar Karakurt and Eda Erdem. They had mixed results in the tournament so far, with five losses and seven wins.

They will face Thailand who triumphed the last time the two sides met at VNL 2021. The Thai side have never reached the final round until this year. Their previous best was 12th place in 2019.

Schedule: Women’s Volleyball Nations League 2022 Final Phase

For full-results and competition schedule - check the official event website HERE.

Local time (GMT+01:00)

July 13, 2022 - Quarter-finals

  • 13:00 - Brazil vs Japan
  • 18:30 - USA vs Serbia

July 14, 2022 - Quarter-finals

  • 13:00 - Italy vs China
  • 18:30 - Turkey vs Thailand

July 16, 2022 - Semi-finals

  • 13:00 - TBD vs TBD
  • 16:30 - TBD vs TBD

July 17, 2022 - Final: Playoff for 3 and 4

  • Time TBD - TBD vs TBD

July 17, 2022 - Final: Playoff for 1 and 2

  • Time TBD - TBD vs TBD

How to watch Volleyball Nations League 2022 women's knockout games live

Action from the women's and men's knockout stages are available to watch via broadcast partners and on the official volleyballworld.tv livestreams.

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